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attack in benghazi, libya. the topic playing in discussions during capitol hill during a series of meters and susan rice leading up to her possible nomination to be secretary of state. catherine herridge is reporting from washington. >> including the benghazi consulate a report in 2009 recommended physical barriers like this one. at a closed hearing before the senate committee, witnesses testified that those changes were never made in benghazi. >> it was really disconcerting and upsetting to see how easily the terrorists broke through the gates and basically just walked in. >> the committee's ranking republican also questions the striking similarities between the bombings in east africa which killed 12 americans. in 1998 susan rice was 33 years old. >> the ambassador to kenya sent repeated messages to the state department requesting a stronger facility because of the increased threat. those requests as in the case of benghazi were turned down by the state department. >> reporter: some analysts say it's beyond the benghazi controversy. as part of clinton administration, they turned down fr
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when she made her comments about the attack on the u.s. outpost in benghazi. susan collins of maine is one of the senators who met with ambassador rice this week. senator collins is also among the republicans who say they need more information about benghazi before they can support ambassador rice for secretary of state. president obama has not yet nominated anybody. but this week he defended ambassador rice calling her extraordinary. the benghazi attack killed the u.s. ambassador to libya. chris stevens and three other americans on 9/11 of this year. five days after that. ambassador rice wept on the sunday talk shows and said u.s. officials believed the violence was a spontaneous reaction to protests over anti-muslim video. ambassador rice says she was using talking points directly from intelligence agencies that turned out to be wrong. intelligence officials now confirm they did indeed give her those talking points but senator collins tells fox news ambassador rice had access to a lot more information. catherine herridge in d.c. tonight. catherine? >> well, thank you, shepard. it'
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happened in benghazi. why were requests for security turned down in this dangerous situation? but that's not a political conspiracy. that's one of the things that happen in life. >> all right, so what is interesting about this, peter, is that obviously the white house is saying al qaeda is on the run. al qaeda doesn't really sort of exist except in these small pop-up groups. then, so that's kind of the heart of the issue, which is you can't say al qaeda doesn't exist and all of a sudden have an attack by al qaeda. but are you suggesting that the intelligence community did not brief the ambassador deliberately in order to continue working their sources, their intelligence? >> the intelligence community, according to reports of how they brief the intelligence committees about this matter, took out from the unclassified talking points that susan rice used, references to a particular group called ansar al sharia. it's not links to al qaeda, more inspired by al qaeda in libya. they took the talking points out because they didn't want to tip this group off that they were basically looking at